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Dakshineshwar

If you look across the river from Belur Math you will see the small flight of stairs and a big crowd of villagers, shopkeepers, kids, and mothers. For a small fee the small boat takes you across. In the beginning you have a feeling that you are not in a temple complex but in a small fair—in fact the area just adjacent to the river is not a part of the temple complex. It is a resting, eating, and purchasing area for the devotees who throng from all over the country.

As you walk towards the temple, the bright colourful conical top of the temple catches your attention. I really got a feeling that someone had a poetry in his heart when he was designing it.

Inside, you find the temple devoted to Goddess Kali on the left-hand side and a series of Shiva temples on the right hand side. In front of you is the large courtyard—Sri Rama Krishna, Sri Vivekananda, and a score of divine devotees of the mother goddess would have walked on the same stone laid courtyard for years together as they went about serving the Goddess and spreading the knowledge imparted by her to the mankind.

The temple complex was built by Rani Rasmani and her statue can be seen on one end of the complex.

The room where Sri Ramakrihna used to stay can also be seen. His bed, and other day-to-day items tell us how simple a person he was but how divine. We saw some people sitting in deep meditation in the same room—we also sat for some time and slowly the only sound we could hear was the silent sound of the great river flowing to meet the sea. Is the man born great or the place where he works has a divine effect that ushers him into greatness? Visit Dakshineshwar—decide yourself.

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